Mercy hadn’t even heard the door open, hadn’t felt the change of air pressure as the breeze from the outside was let in. She was much too transfixed on the fact that this bunny was the most goddamned adorable bunny she’d ever seen. And despite the fact that she liked having a reputation of not being girly or prone to liking cute things, she didn’t mind having this stuffed toy.
Her eyebrows raised when the woman told her of the adorable stuffed animal’s origins. Her son? Her honey-brown eyes searched for the source of the masculine voice she’d heard, and a small smile tugged at her lips. “You made this? That’s amazing. I wish I had the patience for something like this.” She began poking about her pockets for the proper amount of yen to pay. “No, partner, I think you have plenty of talent,” the American said around a soft giggle. “And I can’t really paint. I pretend like I can and when you can confidently defend a big blue squiggle on a big canvas, people start to think you’re talented and important.” Secrets of art with one Mercy Andrews. She could write a book. “I prefer working with ceramics, myself.” Clay was messy, but rewarding. Except when she made so much there were teapots popping out of every cabinet in her apartment.
After everything was squared away, she turned to Kanji, taking a half-step in his direction. “Please don’t go.” Oh. Hey that sounded overly dramatic and desperate. Oops. “I-I mean, I’m new here. I don’t know anybody. I would like to speak with you, if you aren’t busy?”
Oh, that was… That was something new. Did she smile? Dang. This girl wasn’t thrown off by the fact that some scary looking dude made cute stuff? Kanji grinned. She was even giving out small compliments. It felt really nice to have these kinds of customers come in. To be totally honest, the nice customers like this were his favorite customers.
“Thanks. It’s real nice to hear that. Really, it is.” He continued grinning while he listened to her speak. “Oh yeah? Aw, I’m sure you ain’t as bad as you say you are… Ceramics? Hey, y’know I thought about tryin’ out ceramics. I think it looks pretty fun.”
The tall teen took the money from the girl and put it away in the cash register. He opened his mouth to say goodbye but closed it once she spoke again. “Wh… What?” A light blush appeared on his face. “What do you mean… Oh. Ohhh, okay.” He laughed a little as his face went back to normal. “Sure, I don’t mind. What do you wanna talk about?”
Kanji frowned as he remembered something. ‘Oh damn, what’s the matter with me? I haven’t even introduced myself! Sheesh, I need to get better with that… How’re you supposed to have a decent conversation if you don’t even know who you’re talkin’ with?’ He cleared his throat and extended his hand. “I’m Kanji. It’s nice to meet ya.”